Weber State University was founded in Ogden, Utah as Weber Stake Academy in 1889. Weber comes from the name of the county where the university is located, which was named after John Henry Weber, an early American fur trapper. In 1933, the academy was made a state junior college. Following World War II, the college outgrew its downtown campus and moved to the present site on the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains overlooking Ogden and the Great Salt Lake. The mission of the university is to encourage freedom of expression and valuing diversity, the university provides excellent educational experiences for students through extensive personal contact among faculty, staff and students in and out of the classroom. Weber University provides 225+ programs in the various departments of arts and humanities, business and economics, applied science and technology, health professions, science, social and behavioural sciences, honours programs and interdisciplinary programs. The growth of the Weber State University from 1889 to now is a result of the efforts taken by the generation of people involved in this process the university which started in the church has now emerged into a campus of its own on the foothills of Wasatch Mountains. The university started with the name Weber Stake Academy and after a series of changes in the names finally the name Weber State University has been coined.